About Tough Mountain Challenge

» The Race:

Based at Sunday River Resort in western Maine, the Tough Mountain Challenge is an adventure obstacle race that tackles alpine terrain and throws in natural and man-made challenges to mix things up. It's just over 5k in length, but when you're running up a mountain under an arsenal of snowguns or scrambling through a steep ravine it will feel much longer and live up to its name. The Tough Mountain Challenge is a timed event, but it's not about whether you finish first or last - it's about testing yourself and pushing your limits then celebrating your accomplishment with the rest of the field once you cross the finish line. Want to take the challenge and fun to the next level? Redeem your free drink bracelet at the mid-course beer station.

The Tough Mountain Challenge is limited to 3,500 competitors which are spread out in heats throughout the day to keep the race from feeling too crowded and ensure everyone has a great time. For kids, we also run a Mini Mountain Challenge race.

Spectators are encouraged to come join in the fun and have free access to the venue, BBQs, beer tents, Friday night party and After Party on Saturday. Recommended course access and viewing for spectators will be marked on the course map each season.

Our FAQ page is loaded with more details and you can find all kinds of interesting content on our Facebook page.

» The Venue:

Everything relating to Tough Mountain Challenge is based at South Ridge Lodge at Sunday River Resort, and spectators will be within walking distance of many of the most popular obstacles. The lodge will be open all day with seating, bathrooms, food, bag storage and other amenities. Parking is plentiful, and free.

In addition to the event you'll find a wide range of activities including chairlift rides, ziplines, hiking and more located right at the event venue. If you'd like to make it a full weekend we also lodging on site with special rates for competitors, a spa and a world-class golf course.

See SundayRiver.com for more information on the resort and the FAQ page for more details.

» Big Ass Bash & Early Check-In Friday Night

The Big Ass Bash returns in 2015 as your chance to party your ass off before the mountain kicks it. Running 7 to 10:30pm on Friday night, July 24, this year's Bash will feature a free outdoor concert with Rustic Overtones, fireworks at 8:30, BBQs and plenty of beer.

Running 5 to 9pm on Friday is Early Check-In, which allows you to pick up your bib and everything else you'll need for Saturday so you won't need to deal with it in the morning before the event. Both Express Check-In and the Bash take place at South Ridge Lodge right at the event venue.

» TMC After Party Saturday

As the race winds down the party winds up. From 4 to 7pm on Saturday we'll be throwing an After Party with a free outdoor concert featuring Gang Of Thieves plus all the food and beer our worn-down body will be craving. Everything happens right inside the event venue.

» Mini Mountain Challenge

Adults don't get to have all the fun. The Mini Mountain Challenge is back and better than ever this year, with special courses designed for ages 4 through 12. Details.

» Lodging:

Sunday River offers two full-service hotels with pools and health clubs, plus a comfortable inn and hundreds of condominiums located right at the resort. Special lodging deals are available for Friday and Saturday nights for all Tough Mountain competitors and spectators starting at just $99. Learn more.

» Results:

» Resources:

If you have questions about the format of the event or other competitor-related items please email us. Most other questions can be answered on the FAQ page.

We welcome volunteers interested in helping with the event. Volunteer shirts are typically four hours, and all volunteers will receive a t-shirt and lunch. Please email us if you are interested in helping or would like to learn more.

Sponsorship Opportunities
A variety of options are available for sponsorship and corporate presence at the event. Please contact us for more information.